Sidewalk Philadelphia: Week Three

I am a bit behind schedule because Valentine’s Day of course was last, last Wednesday, but frowns and tears aside, a ‘couple’ themed edition is granted to all those a la mode lovebirds who define their style in the graces of each other. In a recent article of Harper’s Bazaar, “Does your Man go with that outfit?” author Jimmy Fallon questions the importance of males as “a handbag and shoesm” to his female partner. Should couples dress in accordance or does it really matter? Whilst most people will answer this differently, I found two couples who complemented each other in personality and of course, in style.

Claire and Matt were honestly the cutest couple, who not only caused intimidation in my quest to find a ‘qualified’ pair, but caused me to follow them into the American Apparel store on Walnut before I even asked them for a photo.

After seeming quietly flattered, they agreed to pose outside and answer some of my grueling questions. What I loved most about Claire’s outfit was not only her black jumper frock that screamed Audrey Hepburn, but her mix of black and brown that I’ve been so fond of this winter. For Matt, it’s all about the details.

The spot of neon green on the inside of his jacket stood out not only because of the color, but because it strikes retro to the eye. I also liked the fur Russian Trooper hat that so many people have been wearing. Maybe a naysayer, I’ve seen some girls pull it off, but it seems like one of those things that should be limited to the guys– they just wear it so well.

Best things about Philadelphia:
“The city itself.” -Claire Stapleton

Fashion Inspiration and favorite designers:
Kate Moss
On the street
“Official Tourist Clothing.” – Matt Sculli, 23

Best item you own, right now:
“My mom’s Tom Ford YSL bag (brown leather bag in photo).” -Claire Stapleton, 21

I met this pair on my way to an antique shop off of South Street and was immediately intrigued with how well they were pulled together. Their style was very unique and defined by the 60s decade they pulled inspiration from. Jen’s jet black hair that dipped gently above her eyes spoke partly Betty-boop (trust me, this lady looked just like Betty) and Mary Quant of the 60s. Her carrot orange tights brought solidity to the mixture of the line patterns on her coat and dress. Not many guys can pull of Kyle’s hair cut or look, but then again not every guy is inspired by Paul Weller of The Jams, who was known as the “Modfather,” which speaks for itself.

Favorite Places to Shop:
Thrift and vintage Shops
Antique malls

Fashion inspiration and favorite designers:
“I like 60s fashion but I don’t have any real icons…I do like Biba (a designer).”- Jen Zimmerman, 24
“I like 60s fashion also and Paul Weller of The Jams. That’s probably about it.”- Kyle Miller, 26

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